This Day in History: 2022-12-17

Just days after KISS walked away with the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame fan vote, the Hall announces the band will be a 2014 inductee, after being overlooked for years. Also on the induction list are Nirvana, #2 on the fan poll. 2013  
Foo Fighters’ “Greatest Hits,” released in ’09, passes the one-million sales mark. 2015
Paul Rodgers is born in Middlesbrough, England. He is noted for fronting Free, Bad Company and The Firm.  1949
R.E.M.’s bassist, Mike Mills, is born in Orange County, CA. 1958
James Carroll, a disc jockey at WWDC in Washington, D.C., is the first person to play a Beatles record on American airwaves. The DJ obtained a copy of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” from his stewardess girlfriend who brought the single back from Britain. The song is hugely popular forcing Capitol Records to release it in the U.S. ahead of schedule. 1963
Elvis Costello & The Attractions appear on Saturday Night Live. They are a substitute for the Sex Pistols who can’t get visas to enter the U.S. Costello is not allowed to play “Radio, Radio” which criticizes the broadcast industry. After a couple measures of “Less Than Zero” the group slips into “Radio, Radio.” Like nobody would notice. 1977
Sam Loeffler, the drummer for Chevelle, has a birthday. 1974
Three Days Grace’s drummer, Neil Sanderson, is born Peterborough, Canada. 1978
The Who perform the last show of their “farewell” North American Tour at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. However, The Who continue to say ‘goodbye’ for the next two decades. And it proves highly lucrative. 1982
Green Day release “Kerplunk.”  Though the album fails to chart on the Billboard 200 it’s seen as a major step in the group’s development.  1991
A love buzz. A letter written by the late Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) to Courtney Love (Hole) in ‘91 sells for more than $19,000 at a Christie’s memorabilia auction in NY. 2004
Bon Jovi’s show in Washington, D.C., is transmitted live through Sprint wireless phones and multimedia devices, becoming the first full-length concert streamed through the carrier. Subscribers watch by tuning in Sprint TV. 2005
Dave Clark Five’s Denis Payton succumbs after a long battle with cancer. The saxophonist was 63. 2006
The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and actor Ben Affleck launch an initiative seeking to raise $23 million to aid displaced citizens of the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo. Money raised goes toward buying various humanitarian supplies for the refugees, including mosquito nets, blankets and utensils. 2008
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke crashes the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen by pretending to be a member of the press. “Do you imagine they’d let me in otherwise,” asks Yorke. He later criticizes the conference as ineffective. 2009
Paul McCartney performs for just 300 fans at the 100 Club on London’s Oxford Street. The well-known Punk shrine (The Clash and Sex Pistols performed there) is the city’s oldest live music venue but is under threat of closure due to a rent increase. It’s the smallest venue McCartney has played in a decade. 2010
Don Van Vliet, who became ‘60s legend Captain Beefheart, dies in California due to complications from multiple sclerosis. He’s best known for “Trout Mask Replica” which was slotted at #58 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Beefheart was 69. 2010
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play 72 shows earning $199.37 million to place second (behind Madonna) on Billboard’s list of top-grossing tours. Springsteen performs in front of 2.1 million people, approximately 500,000 more than Madonna, but he grosses $29 million less. 2012
L.A. Guns officially announce that guitarist Frankie Wilsey has joined the band replacing Stacy Blades (who took over from the band’s namesake Tracii Guns). Wilsey is a vet of Stephen Pearcy’s (Ratt) band Arcade. 2012
Following the announcement that Ringo Starr is to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his solo work, Paul McCartney lists his favorite Ringo songs on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. They are “Back Off Boogaloo” and “It Don’t Come Easy.” McCartney and Starr are already in the Hall as members of The Beatles. 2014
As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis is released from prison after less than three years of a six-year sentence for a murder for hire plot of his estranged wife.  2016